The attorney for former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who was charged with felony murder in the death of Rayshard Brooks, says the Atlanta district attorney repeatedly lied about his client during his showboating press conference.
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Defense attorney Lance LoRusso said D.A. Paul Howard falsely claimed that Rolfe had kicked Brooks after shooting him and had shot Brooks in cold blood while the suspect was running away.
“It was shocking to hear that because it’s not true,” LoRusso told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “My client never kicked Mr. Brooks. If there was a video of my client kicking Mr. Brooks, you would have seen it.”
An eyewitness also contradicted the DA’s dubious version of events.
Lance LoRusso also said the district attorney falsely claimed that the Taser that Brooks stole from Rolfe was not a “deadly weapon.” Just two weeks ago, Howard insisted that the Taser is a deadly weapon.
LoRusso continued: “I’m getting tired of people saying that Mr. Brooks was running away. Mr. Brooks turned and offered extreme violence toward a uniformed law enforcement officer. If he was able to deploy the Taser, it would incapacitate Officer Rolfe through his body armor. And at that point, if he decided to disarm another officer, he would be in possession of a firearm.”
(Source: Ingraham Angle)
The Atlanta district attorney also claimed that Rolfe did not aid Brooks after he was shot. Rolfe’s attorney said that is a blatant lie.
“This officer gave [Brooks] CPR, monitored his pulse prior to that, talked to him to try to keep him breathing and called for EMS and coordinated other efforts on the scene,” LoRusso recounted.
Police bodycam videos show Rolfe tending to the injured Brooks and saying, “Mr. Brooks, keep breathing.”
LoRusso continued: “The other thing the DA said was that he has never seen another officer testify against a bad officer. My client testified against an Atlanta police officer in the grand jury when that officer had done something wrong. So this is an officer who’s known to the law enforcement community, he’s known to the DA’s office. And he was cleared of another use of force [incident] and he testified on behalf of the DA to prosecute a bad officer.”
Countless law-enforcement officials agree that Garrett Rolfe reacted appropriately when Rayshard Brooks resisted arrest after failing a sobriety test, stole a cop’s Taser, and shot it at Rolfe.
Analysts say Rolfe is being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness to appease the militant Black Lives Matter movement to prevent more riots.
Sheriff Alfonzo Williams of Burke County, Georgia — who’s black — said he’s disgusted with the outrage mob convicting Rolfe in the court of public opinion.
“There’s nothing malicious or sadistic in the way these officers behaved,” Williams told CNN. “It’s very unfortunate that the law enforcement leaders in Georgia have not stood together on this case. It’s political and it’s senseless.”
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Sheriff Williams said scapegoating the police is sending the wrong message to black youth — one that will have deadly consequences for the black community and for police officers.
“We’re sending the wrong message to our black youth.
We’re telling them that it’s OK — that they can run from the police, that they can take a weapon from the police, they can fight with the police, and point their weapon at the police — and expect nothing to happen. That is the wrong message to send to black youth.”
Black conservative CJ Pearson — a Georgia resident — explained why Atlanta’s Democrat district attorney threw the book at Rolfe.
“This is 100% political,” Pearson tweeted. “The incumbent Democrat DA failed to win his primary outright and is in the middle of a run-off.”
Numerous attorneys say it will be almost impossible to convict Garrett Rolfe on the 11 criminal counts that District Attorney Paul Howard charged him with because Rolfe’s actions do not meet the high burden of proof for conviction.
CJ Pearson said the reason Howard did this is so that when Rolfe is eventually acquitted on the charges, black voters will get angry and riot. And this helps him in the November election.
Pearson explained: “DA knows what he’s doing. Not only is he seeking to ensure his re-election, at the expense of an innocent man’s life, but he knows what will happen when the Officer is exonerated. More riots. And likely right before November.”
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